Other Commentaries

Mueller probe could be disaster – for Democrats

WASHINGTON — All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats. The special counsel was appointed to investigate whether Trump ...

American fertility headed to all-time low

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That’s an 11 percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left in 2018, the number for this year is ...

The potential 2020 Democratic contenders

Let’s assume that surnames alone — down even to their phonemes — portend a presidential election in 2020 between John Kasich and Bob Casey. Kasich vs. Casey, either of whom might very well prove capable of restoring dignity, respect, intelligence, and sanity to the White ...

Deficit warning an alert for state’s taxpayers

Pennsylvania’s state budget looks like an awful lot like a bucket with a hole in the bottom — taxpayers keep filling it up, but billions of dollars keep leaking out. The latest projections show a $1 billion increase in state revenues will pour in next year, according to the Independent ...

Migrant girl dies, media pounces with missing facts

One of the reasons people decry the “fakeness” of the news is the selectivity of which heart-rending anecdotes are “news” and which are not — unless they can be blamed on undesirable politicians. On Dec. 13, the Washington Post published an online story headlined “7-year-old ...

Gov. ‘Moonbeam’ warns fellow Democrats

Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown recently said, “The weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party, I think, go get further out than I think the majority of people want.” When a tax-spend-and-regulate Democrat who signed legislation making California the first ...

Parties need to up their game

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe, institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders’ personal weaknesses or some combination of all three? This week, let’s look at one of those institutions: ...

Most wasted of all days – one without laughter

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, “Families is where our nation finds ...

Three good men, three great kids’ books

Men get a bad rap. They’re blamed collectively for rape culture, violence, war, poverty, climate change and all other manner of global suffering. They’re forced to apologize on college campuses for their chromosomes, anatomy and athleticism. They’re vilified incessantly in ...

An optimist in a world full of pessimists

I am optimistic about America’s future. That simple statement typically elicits varying expressions of shock and disbelief. Despite that, I believe that our nation’s best days are still to come. I am confident that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have ...

Trump’s legal woes still growing

It seems that every time we look at the legal maneuverings that reflect upon President Donald Trump, the allegations of unlawful behavior by him add up. We know that two teams of federal prosecutors are examining his pre-presidential and his in-office behavior. Special counsel Robert Mueller ...

No peace or goodwill

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Millions have died in countless wars over the last 100 years. People continue to die today as the ...

Does Trump care that he’s president?

The office of the presidency is known for wearing down the mere mortals who hold it. At the very least, it prematurely ages its occupants. Often, it humiliates them, forcing them to rehabilitate their reputations later (George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter). In the worst cases, it chews ...

Dems’ negotiating strategy – insanity

WASHINGTON — Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants: money to build a border wall. Trump is desperate for this money. Mexico won’t give it to him. Only congressional Democrats can. Without their consent, he ...

Maybe Trump can’t win in 2020, but Dems can lose

Donald Trump probably can’t win the 2020 presidential election, but the Democrats can lose it. What I mean is that in a contest between Trump and a generic Democrat, Trump would almost surely lose if the current political climate holds through 2020. According to a Fox News poll recently, ...

And now it’s the Boy Scouts’ turn

The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no time for or expectation of ...

End the chaos at the border

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is barreling north towards the southern border of the United States. Their end goal? Eventual "asylum" status within our borders. This surge in unfettered immigration is the new normal. The number of ...

America must be tough on crime, smart on justice

Commentators are calling it a “Christmas miracle.” Senate Republicans and Democrats have just cooperated to advance the FIRST STEP Act, America’s most significant federal sentencing and prison reform in three decades. Thousands of incarcerated Americans are grateful for this ...

Failing collusion, there’s always Stormy Daniels

The most legally fraught part of the Russia probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Russians in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election, prosecutors have uncovered a dastardly scheme to try ...

On Saudis, Trump channels George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON — In recent days, many have sought to contrast President Trump with President George H.W. Bush. But there is one area where Trump is channeling his inner George H.W. Bush — and not in a good way. His response to the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi ...